Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Albert Fein - February 19, 2005


How large was your family?

My family? It was four children. I was the youngest--and I, I am the youngest in the family--my mother and father so were six people.

Aunts and uncles?

I had an uncle with two children who vanished in ??? too. I had an aunt with two children, and an--her husband, he was a Hungarian citizen, so they didn't touch them for the rest until 1944 when all the Jews were deported. There was started already, you know, the questions about Jud...Judaism--about Jews because Hitler--like we, we saw it on the movie, the Germans tried to take out all the Jews. So in the beginning Horthy probably--Horthy or another regent--they agreed to give up all the Jews who are not citizens of Hungary. That's what happened in 1941 as we was deported. In between, in between the time, when I was at school, you know, I was forced to quit the private sch...classes, because it was very expensive and when it started close up to the war, Jewish people have limited their, uh...

Were there curfews?

Not curfews to start, only limited in business, in income, you know, it was very hard. You see, my, my father was born in Poland, not far from the border. Now, you no have here the map...

I have...

You got Uzhorod?

Uzhorod. Here's a map of Kolomyia.

There is no, here farther up...

This is Kolo...Kolomyia....

Kolomyia, this is a--more, more, uh, southeast, Kolomyia.

Okay, so we want to go north. This is Kamenetz-Podolsk.

This is Kamenetz-Podolsk. When I just think about it, see, just talking, this is Romanian. This is Buk...Buk...Bessarabia, Bukovina. Okay, there was deep--this, hm, this would be the Dniester, the Dniester. It came out some...something different, because the Dniester supposed to be near Gheorgheni--this is Kamenetz-Podolsk, Gheorgheni, and here was probably Tschernowitz, and the Dniester was here prob...I, I don't--didn't have the thing.

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